Know what you need to cook with
Here you will find the basic ingredients used in cooking and their names in Hindi and
- Litti - From the Kitchen of Bihar
- Recipe for Paneer Garlic
(usually but not exclusively the bulbs) are edible with
a distinctive strong flavour and pungent odour which is
mellowed by cooking. They generally have a papery outer
skin over a fleshy, layered inner core. Used worldwide
for culinary purposes, they come in a wide variety of
forms and colors.
|Garlic is most often used
as a seasoning or a condiment. When crushed or finely
chopped it yields allicin, a powerful antibiotic and anti-fungal
compound (phytoncide). It also contains alliin, ajoene,
enzymes, vitamin B, minerals, and flavonoids.
(Curcuma longa, also known as tumeric) is a spice commonly
used in curries and other Indian cooking. Its active ingredient
is curcumin. It is a significant ingredient in most commercial
curry powders. Turmeric is also used to give a yellow
color to some prepared mustards, canned chicken broth,
and other foods (often as a much cheaper replacement for
saffron). It makes a poor fabric dye as it is not very
|All parts of the plant are
edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the
most commonly used in cooking. The leaves are variously
referred to as coriander leaves, cilantro (in the United
States, from the Spanish name for the plant), dhania (in
the Indian subcontinent, and increasingly, in Britain),
Chinese parsley or Mexican parsley. The dry fruit are
known as coriander seeds or simply as coriander.
(Ocimum basilicum) of the Family Lamiaceae is also known
as Albahaca, St. Joseph's Wort, and Sweet Basil. Basil
is most commonly used fresh, and in cooked recipes, is
generally added at the last moment, as cooking destroys
the flavour quickly.
Rai / Sarson
a rich woman's son died she went to the Buddha and cried:
"Lord and Master, give me the medicine that will
cure my boy." The Buddha answered: "I want a
handful of mustard-seed." And when the girl
in her joy promised to procure it, the Buddha added: "The
mustard-seed must be taken from a house where no one has
lost a child, husband, parent, or friend."
Greeks kept cumin at the dining table in its own container
(much as pepper is frequently kept today) and this practice
continues in Morocco.
leaves are highly aromatic and are used as a herb or spice.
Their form is small and narrow and somewhat resemble the
leaves of the Neem tree; therefore they are also referred
to as Kari Bevu, translated to Black Neem, in the Kannada
language. In Tamil and Malayalam it is known as Karuveppilai,
ilai meaning leaves. Other names include Kari Patta (Hindi)
and Karapincha (Sinhalese).